Oilers Restructure Management

Ian WilsonCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2008

The Edmonton Oilers have undergone a major management shake-up, naming Steve Tambellini as general manager and promoting former GM Kevin Lowe to president of hockey operations.

Tambellini was the Vancouver Canucks' vice-president and assistant GM over the last three seasons. In his 17 years with Canucks management, Tambellini was involved in all aspects of the team’s hockey operations, including contract negotiations, scouting, and minor league affiliates.

The 50-year-old native of Trail, B.C. has worked with Lowe before. The two were part of the management group that put together Canada's Olympic gold-medal winning team in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Lowe, who had been the Oilers GM since 2000, takes on a newly created role, but he told Edmonton's 630 CHED that he will still have the final say on trades and other major moves.

"Somebody at the end of the day has to make the final decision and that somebody is still me," Lowe said, adding that Tambellini will handle much of the day-to-day management, which was starting to wear Lowe down. 

Meanwhile, Kevin Prendergast—the Oilers' vice-president of hockey operations over the last nine seasons—will serve as Tambellini's assistant. He will continue to look after the team's pro and amateur scouting staffs.